The Kiwi Ferns were given a rousing reception just hours before their departure when they did a lap of honour at halftime during the Vodafone Warriors NRL clash against Brisbane at Mount Smart Stadium last Sunday.
The level of support shown for the Kiwi Ferns at Mount Smart Stadium has been underlined during the week by a huge response to a Go Kiwi Ferns post on the Vodafone Warriors Facebook page. So far it has been seen by almost 62,000 people and has attracted more than 3300 likes.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE POST ON THE VODAFONE WARRIORS FACEBOOK PAGE
Now settled in at their base in the north of England, they Kiwi Ferns are favoured to win the world title once again, having claimed it the only three times the event has been held since 2000.
In the last tournament in Australia in 2008 they trounced the Jillaroos 34-0 in the final a week before the Kiwis beat the Kangaroos 34-20 to claim the mens World Cup for the first time in history.
Honey Hireme aka Honey Bill Williams will lead the Kiwi Ferns against France tomorrow, the match kicking off at 4.00pm local time with England facing Australia in the second match at 6.00pm.
CLICK HERE FOR THE KIWI FERNS' FACEBOOK PAGE
CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL WOMEN'S WORLD CUP SITE
The New Zealand team to face France is:
1 SARINA FISO
2 TASHA TAPU
3 HONEY HIREME (CAPTAIN)
4 BRENDA COLLINS
5 KARLEY TE KAWA
6 NORA MAAKA
7 RONA PETERS
8 KELLY MAIPI
9 SHARNITA WOODMAN
10 ANA PEREIRA
11 KATHLEEN KEREMETE
12 LISA CAMPBELL
13 AKENESE PEREIRA
14 KAHURANGI PETERS
15 SIMONE PANAPA
16 LAURA MARIU
17 AMBER HALL
18 GENEVA WEBBER